IS IT TOO MUCH TO HOPE THAT THE SACKING OF CARDINAL ANGELO BECCIU WILL LEAD EVENTUALLY TO THE CLEANING OUT OF THE CORRUPTION FROM THE VATICAN STABLES BY A MODERN DAY HERCULES


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19The then Archbishop Angelo Becciu blesses the Pilgrimage Information Center for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on Dec. 1, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.The then Archbishop Angelo Becciu blesses the Pilgrimage Information Center for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on Dec. 1, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets/follow_button.2d7d9a6d04538bf11c7b23641e75738c.en.html#dnt=false&id=twitter-widget-0&lang=en&screen_name=hannahbrockhaus&show_count=false&show_screen_name=false&size=m&time=1601137206226By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2020 / 08:00 am MT (CNA).- Following his resignation yesterday, new reports reveal details of how Cardinal Angelo Becciu managed Vatican financial affairs, developing a story CNA first broke last year.

Portfolio statements show that Becciu used millions of euros of Vatican charity funds in speculative and risky investments, and that he directed Vatican and Italian bishops’ money to go toward “loans” for projects owned and operated by his brothers.

Becciu resigned as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals Sept. 24.

The cardinal previously served as “sostituto,” or second-ranking official at the Secretariat of State, from 2011 to 2018.

After his resignation, Becciu told the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero he was “shocked” and “troubled.” He called his resignation “a blow for me, for those who know and respect me, and for my family.”

CNA has reported that during his tenure as “sostituto,” Becciu used loans from several Swiss banks, including BSI and Credit Suisse, to at least partially finance the controversial purchase of a building at 60 Sloane Avenue in London. 

Becciu said Friday that the Vatican “found nothing” on him regarding the London building transaction, and other accusations “have no criminal offence.”

“Out of a spirit of obedience and out of love for the Church and the pope, I accepted his request to step aside,” he said. “But I am innocent and I will prove it. I ask the Holy Father to have the right to defend myself.” 

A new report by the Italian weekly L’Espresso showed that Becciu gave financier Enrico Crasso, a former manager of Credit Suisse, control over millions of euros of Vatican investment funds from the Secretariat of State and from the papal charity Peter’s Pence.

Crasso is also the manager of Centurion Global Fund, an investment fund used by the Secretariat of State, with links to two Swiss banks investigated or implicated in bribery and money laundering scandals. As CNA reported, this is the same fund in which the Vatican Secretariat of State invested millions of euros, including with money donated to Peter’s Pence. 

Reports show that the fund’s investments lost money while its managers, who include Crasso, recouped millions in fees. Centurion investment fund has been under investigation by Vatican authorities since December 2019.

According to L’Espresso, Crasso directed Vatican money into highly speculative funds with low return margins and based in tax havens.

The weekly said that Becciu also used Peter’s Pence money and funds from the Italian bishops’ conference to finance projects owned and operated by three of his brothers.

L’Espresso reported that Becciu obtained two loans from the Italian bishops’ conference to pay out two non-repayable loans of 300,000 euros each to Spes Cooperative in 2013 and 2015.

Spes Cooperative is the operational arm of the diocesan Caritas of Becciu’s former diocese of Ozieri in Sardinia. The owner and legal representative of Spes Cooperative is Becciu’s brother, Tonino.

In 2018, Becciu gave a third sum to Spes Cooperative of 100,000 euros from Peter’s Pence, of which he had control as “sostituto.” 

There appear to be questions around whether these funds were used for their ostensible charitable purposes.

The bishop of Ozieri and president of the diocesan Caritas, Corrado Melis, said in a statement addressed to Becciu Sept. 24 that the diocesan Caritas “has never been the beneficiary” of undue or illegitimate favor, and that it has “never used a single penny” of funds given for charitable works for other purposes.

Becciu himself denied any guilt, saying that he “may have made a mistake out of too much love for my diocese, but I do not see the crime. I am ready to shout the truth,” Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

A second instance of Becciu working in the favor of a brother reportedly occurred when he was papal nuncio in Angola and later in Cuba, when the carpentry company of Becciu’s brother, Francesco, was hired to furnish and repair several churches in the two countries.

Becciu also reportedly helped to bring in customers for Angel’s srl, a specialty food and beverage distributor, of which another brother, Mario, is majority partner and legal representative.

The Becciu family put out a statement Friday saying that news reports that members of their family received financial favors from their brother, the cardinal, were “unfounded and maliciously false, in particular for the imaginative and unprovable references to alleged donations from Peter’s Pence.”

Reportedly, the large proceeds of the companies of the Becciu brothers were later reinvested in low-risk safe-haven equity, holding and financial packages. Income generated from these investments was then reinvested in funds previously invested in by the Secretariat of State, such as the Centurion Fund. 

Through Crasso, Becciu also became acquainted with Lorenzo Vangelisti, CEO of Valeur Group, an asset management, advisory, trading, and real estate company.

Vangelisti was involved in the Vatican’s purchase of the Sloane Avenue property in London, together with the director of Valeur capital, Alessando Noceti, who used to work for Suisse Credit in London.

This was not the only time that Becciu has faced accusations that he used his position to benefit family members. CNA reported last year about the hiring of Becciu’s niece, Maria Piera Becciu, as the personal secretary of Fr. Franco Decaminada, the former president of an Italian hospital, also linked to a Vatican financial scandal.

Decaminada had approached Becciu in 2011, shortly after he started his role at the Secretariat of State, asking him for support on a proposal that the Vatican supply the failing Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), with 200 million euros.

Decaminada was then a senior member of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception, the order which then owned and oversaw the IDI. He was arrested in 2013 and sent to prison for his part in the massive fraud and corruption around IDI’s collapse, and eventually laicized.

As reported by CNA in 2019, Becciu has also been accused of attempting to disguise millions of euros in loans on the Vatican balance sheets by canceling them out against the value of the London property, an accounting maneuver prohibited by financial policies approved by Pope Francis in 2014. 

The loans, acquired through Swiss banks, triggered an internal dispute between the Secretariat of State and Vatican financial authorities, in particular, with Cardinal George Pell, who was then responsible for the Secretariat for Economy.

In a statement following Becciu’s resignation Thursday, Pell said he hoped that “the cleaning of the stables continues in both the Vatican and Victoria.”

“The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments,” he said from Sydney, Australia.

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In the first Presidential debate on Tuesday, the greatest service Chris Wallace could offer the country as moderator would be to focus on the profound dishonesty of Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Excuse my dislike for Chris Wallace, but I do not expect the viewers of the debate to learn much about the corruption of the Bidens from questioning by Wallace.

Hunter Biden and Tuesday’s Debate

  • September 25, 2020

by Newt Gingrich

In the first Presidential debate on Tuesday, the greatest service Chris Wallace could offer the country as moderator would be to focus on the profound dishonesty of Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The vice president’s dishonesty is captured in a quote from an interview on PBS in November 2019. When Biden was asked about his son serving on the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma, he responded: “I didn’t know he was on the board of that company. And, in fact, no one has asserted on the board that it illegal for him to be on the board or he did anything wrong.”

This quote is either a deliberate lie or a tribute to the decay of Vice President Biden’s memory. Hunter Biden’s appointment to the Burisma Board was reported by the Associated Press, The Washington Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Hunter was making $1 million a year from Burisma – without any experience in the natural gas business. Does the former vice president really expect us to believe that neither his staff, his wife, nor his son told him about this great income windfall?

Furthermore, Burisma was owned by Mykola Zlochevsky, a corrupt oligarch who many State Department officials felt was the worst example of blatant corruption in Ukraine. Two State Department officials have testified to Senate investigators that they warned the vice president and his staff about the bad implications of Hunter lending credibility to a clearly corrupt oligarch.

But, of course, the former vice president says he doesn’t remember any of those warnings.

Later, Hunter’s activities involved a lot more money and a lot more exploitation of Vice President Biden’s official position. The billionaire widow of the former mayor of Moscow sent one of Hunter’s firms $3.5 million – but he apparently never told his father.

Shortly after Hunter Biden went to Beijing on Air Force Two with his father, he ended up in a business deal with a Chinese firm to invest more than $1 billion (billion with a “b”). But he claims he did not inform the vice president.

There are now two overwhelming accounts of the amount of money Hunter Biden was making from China, Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere.

The joint report titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns” was just released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Majority Staff Report. It clearly lays out the facts regarding Vice President Biden’s knowledge of and involvement in his son’s affairs. For instance, according the report, Vice President Biden not only knew about his son’s Beijing visit – he met some of the clients:

“Prior to [Hunter’s company’s] creation, in December 2013, one month after the shareholders filed an application to register the company, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to Beijing.  While in China, Hunter Biden reportedly helped arrange for Jonathan Li to ‘shake hands’ with Vice President Biden.  Afterward, Hunter Biden met with Jonathan Li for what was reportedly a ‘social meeting.’ After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved.”

Peter Schweizer’s new movie Riding the Dragon also thoroughly details Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings – specifically in China. I am speaking with Schweizer on my Newt’s World podcast on Sunday.

If you read the first and watch the second, you will get a real feel for how corrupt the entire Hunter Biden money-making operation was – and how impossible it would have been for his father to have known nothing about it.

Can you imagine that your son or daughter had a series of business relations, which took them all around the world and brought millions of dollars into their pockets, and you did not realize it? Could you imagine if this was so, and you were the vice president?

The entire propaganda media of the left has been desperately trying to downplay Hunter Biden’s corruption. Its members have ignored the national security implications of his contracts with Chinese companies dedicated to stealing American defense technology. Media have turned blind eyes to Hunter Biden giving corrupt businesspeople around the world the sense that influence in America was for sale.

The propaganda media’s desperation tells you how dangerous its members believe this story is to their preferred candidate for president.

On Tuesday night, Wallace ought to put Vice President Biden’s dishonesty about his son’s millions in foreign earnings under the spotlight of national publicity.

Did he really not know that Burisma was corrupt, even while he was going to Ukraine and speaking to the country’s parliament about the need to fight corruption?

Did he really not know that when Hunter went with him on Air Force Two to Beijing, it sent precisely the signal of insider status and favored connection which is an integral part of the Chinese calculus of doing business with those who can offer special deals or protection from the American government?

Was he really never told that a Russian oligarch was sending $3.5 million to his son’s company?

Biden often looks like he is out-of-touch with reality, but all this stretches the limit.

If Wallace will not ask the tough questions, President Trump should.

President Trump has suffered enough from totally dishonest media attacks based on lies and phony allegations of corruption. Now, the media is compounding the insult by refusing to cover real corruption and real dishonesty.

The American people must know about the Biden family cronyism, corruption, and dishonesty before they even think about giving them access to the oval office.

Tuesday night is a great time to start.

Hunter Biden and Tuesday’s Debate

  • September 25, 2020

by Newt Gingrich

In the first Presidential debate on Tuesday, the greatest service Chris Wallace could offer the country as moderator would be to focus on the profound dishonesty of Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The vice president’s dishonesty is captured in a quote from an interview on PBS in November 2019. When Biden was asked about his son serving on the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma, he responded: “I didn’t know he was on the board of that company. And, in fact, no one has asserted on the board that it illegal for him to be on the board or he did anything wrong.”

This quote is either a deliberate lie or a tribute to the decay of Vice President Biden’s memory. Hunter Biden’s appointment to the Burisma Board was reported by the Associated Press, The Washington Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Hunter was making $1 million a year from Burisma – without any experience in the natural gas business. Does the former vice president really expect us to believe that neither his staff, his wife, nor his son told him about this great income windfall?

Furthermore, Burisma was owned by Mykola Zlochevsky, a corrupt oligarch who many State Department officials felt was the worst example of blatant corruption in Ukraine. Two State Department officials have testified to Senate investigators that they warned the vice president and his staff about the bad implications of Hunter lending credibility to a clearly corrupt oligarch.

But, of course, the former vice president says he doesn’t remember any of those warnings.

Later, Hunter’s activities involved a lot more money and a lot more exploitation of Vice President Biden’s official position. The billionaire widow of the former mayor of Moscow sent one of Hunter’s firms $3.5 million – but he apparently never told his father.

Shortly after Hunter Biden went to Beijing on Air Force Two with his father, he ended up in a business deal with a Chinese firm to invest more than $1 billion (billion with a “b”). But he claims he did not inform the vice president.

There are now two overwhelming accounts of the amount of money Hunter Biden was making from China, Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere.

The joint report titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns” was just released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Majority Staff Report. It clearly lays out the facts regarding Vice President Biden’s knowledge of and involvement in his son’s affairs. For instance, according the report, Vice President Biden not only knew about his son’s Beijing visit – he met some of the clients:

“Prior to [Hunter’s company’s] creation, in December 2013, one month after the shareholders filed an application to register the company, Hunter Biden reportedly flew aboard Air Force Two with then-Vice President Biden to Beijing.  While in China, Hunter Biden reportedly helped arrange for Jonathan Li to ‘shake hands’ with Vice President Biden.  Afterward, Hunter Biden met with Jonathan Li for what was reportedly a ‘social meeting.’ After the China trip, BHR’s business license was approved.”

Peter Schweizer’s new movie Riding the Dragon also thoroughly details Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings – specifically in China. I am speaking with Schweizer on my Newt’s World podcast on Sunday.

If you read the first and watch the second, you will get a real feel for how corrupt the entire Hunter Biden money-making operation was – and how impossible it would have been for his father to have known nothing about it.

Can you imagine that your son or daughter had a series of business relations, which took them all around the world and brought millions of dollars into their pockets, and you did not realize it? Could you imagine if this was so, and you were the vice president?

The entire propaganda media of the left has been desperately trying to downplay Hunter Biden’s corruption. Its members have ignored the national security implications of his contracts with Chinese companies dedicated to stealing American defense technology. Media have turned blind eyes to Hunter Biden giving corrupt businesspeople around the world the sense that influence in America was for sale.

The propaganda media’s desperation tells you how dangerous its members believe this story is to their preferred candidate for president.

On Tuesday night, Wallace ought to put Vice President Biden’s dishonesty about his son’s millions in foreign earnings under the spotlight of national publicity.

Did he really not know that Burisma was corrupt, even while he was going to Ukraine and speaking to the country’s parliament about the need to fight corruption?

Did he really not know that when Hunter went with him on Air Force Two to Beijing, it sent precisely the signal of insider status and favored connection which is an integral part of the Chinese calculus of doing business with those who can offer special deals or protection from the American government?

Was he really never told that a Russian oligarch was sending $3.5 million to his son’s company?

Biden often looks like he is out-of-touch with reality, but all this stretches the limit.

If Wallace will not ask the tough questions, President Trump should.

President Trump has suffered enough from totally dishonest media attacks based on lies and phony allegations of corruption. Now, the media is compounding the insult by refusing to cover real corruption and real dishonesty.

The American people must know about the Biden family cronyism, corruption, and dishonesty before they even think about giving them access to the oval office.

Tuesday night is a great time to start.

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“I pray fervently that Mr. Dreher will return to the Catholic Church—not only for his sake, but for ours. I’m afraid the Benedict Option project will remain incomplete until Mr. Dreher commits to restoring the Holy Catholic Church as the central pillar of Western Christianity. Our real exemplars aren’t Soviet dissidents—however faithful, however brave. We should be guided, rather, by men like Saint Benedict, who understood that the West could only be redeemed by repairing the Catholic Church.”

Crisis Magazine

A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Living a Lie

MICHAEL WARREN DAVIS

Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents
Rod Dreher (Sentinel, 2020)
Hardcover, $27.00

On September 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. At once, this country was filled with the sound of progressives weeping and gnashing their teeth.

From what I could gather, none of them knew Ginsburg personally. Most likely, none of them paid her much notice until 2016, when it dawned on the Democrats that Donald Trump might be able to replace the most pro-choice justice in American history with a pro-life conservative. That would potentially signal the death of Roe v. Wade. In 2017, when Ginsburg’s health continued to decline, lefties began offering to give up their own vital fluids to sustain her until the Democrats took back the White House. An editor at The Washington Post penned a column memorably titled, “Dear Ruth Bader Ginsburg: If you need anything—blood, organs—take mine.”

None of them cared about Ginsburg the woman, who lived a long life and enjoyed tremendous professional success. If any of them believe in God, none seemed the least bit concerned that He might hold her to account for the millions upon millions of unborn children whose murder she facilitated. (We ought to be more charitable and offer prayers for the repose of her soul.) Ruth Bader Ginsburg—the woman, the human being, made in the image and likeness of God—has long since disappeared. In her place arose “The Notorious RBG,” a demi-goddess in the mythology of Social Justice.https://secureaddisplay.com/i/view/js/?

No one person more perfectly embodied this confluence of left-wing politics and pop culture than Ginsburg, which was the inevitable result of my own infantilized generation (the Millennials) taking the helm of our liberal democracy. We think only in brands—brands we can buy and display as status symbols. Those who wear RBG tee shirts and play with RBG finger puppets no doubt bonded over their Hello Kitty backpacks and Hollister polos back in school.

Seeing progressives in a manic-depressive state over Justice Ginsburg’s death, I remembered watching my middle school classmates going to pieces when Michael Jackson died in 2009. None of them listened to his music, but the phony mourning made them feel like they were part of something. How little has changed.

In his new book, Live Not By Lies, Rod Dreher warns us that the Hitlers and Stalins of our age will not wear funny mustaches and slick uniforms as they did in the 20thcentury. “The totalitarian temptation presents itself with a twenty-first century face,” he writes. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is that face. It’s the face of grown women screaming in anger and disbelief into the cameras of their iPhones over the death of their fallen hero. It’s the face of grown men who tweet about collapsing on the floor, sobbing, on hearing the news of Ginsburg’s death.

So long as Millennials remain dominant in American politics, this will remain the prevailing mode of discourse. My generation was abandoned by our parents and our teachers. We were never given a moral education for fear of stunting our “individuality.” We were never taught to reason. We were never taught to control our emotional or carnal impulses.

That’s why there isn’t one real “individual” in America under forty. We all became slaves to peer pressure, and to our own base appetites. That’s the great danger of this moment in American history. We are being ruled by children—children who can’t tell right from wrong, and who lack all self-control. Like all children, our new ruling class won’t hesitate to punish any deviation from their the latest infatuation with ostracism, abuse, and perhaps even violence.

The new totalitarians are overgrown children, which is why the new totalitarianism will be defined by these three characteristics: emotivism, hedonism, and conformism. It will look less like Nineteen Eighty-Four and more like Lord of the Flies.

In Live Not By Lies, Mr. Dreher does a fine job of warning against these false assumptions we harbor about totalitarianism. The next generation of fascists will take us by surprise: We’ll be looking for jackboots, but they’ll come in Nike Airs. Many will dismiss them as fragile, silly, or flippant; they’ll forget how vicious even sweet, timid children become when seeking the approval of their schoolyard friends.

Live Not By Lies is at its very best when describing our “pre-totalitarian culture.” Many right-wingers, for instance, would almost entirely dismiss the role that Big Business will play in enabling the new generation of fascists. They’re locked in a Cold War mentality, which sees communism and capitalism as antithetical. In fact, we’re developing a unique economic system—“woke capitalism”—which serves as the very engine of that coming revolution.

Virtually every major corporation has bowed to the successive demands of the pro-choice lobby, the LGBT movement, and lately Black Lives Matter. Amazon will refuse to sell books that conflict with progressive orthodoxies. Google will modify search results to promote “diversity.” Twitter bans users who “misgender” people suffering from gender dysphoria. Bank of America has vowed to no longer do business with gun manufacturers. PayPal defunds users they consider far-right.

The rise of woke capitalism, Mr. Dreher writes, is accompanied by the rise of surveillance capitalism. American consumers have actually paid corporations to place the mechanisms of the surveillance state in our homes. Take “smart speakers,” like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. These devices record every conversation within earshot.

For now, that data is being used to help Silicon Valley more effectively micromarket their products to consumers. Yet what if the government were to seize that information and use it to implement a Chinese-style Social Credit System? Or what if those corporations were to ban any customers from using their products? So many of my generation would be lost without Google search, Google Pay, their Gmail account, their Chromebook laptop…

“Big Brother is not exactly who we expected him to be—a political dictator, though one day he may become that,” Mr. Dreher observes. “At the present moment, Big Brother’s primary occupation is capitalist.”

Following the publication of The Benedict Option, Mr. Dreher was accused of being a “retreatist,” even a “defeatist.” Why? Because, as he says in In Live Not By Lies, Mr. Dreher believes that “The culture war is largely over—and we lost.” That seems to be the central thesis of his work. He made the assertion early in The Benedict Option but didn’t spend much time defending it. The first half of Live Not By Lies is devoted to proving that thesis; the second half, to surviving the coming anti-Christian, totalitarian regime.

Now, one might argue that Christians are just one election away from reclaiming total control over this country’s political, religious, economic, and cultural institutions. So far, nobody has tried—probably because they can’t. After reading Live Not By Lies, there can be no shadow of a doubt that Mr. Dreher is right. He isn’t a pessimist, but a realist.

At its best, then, Live Not By Lies is a kind of prequel to The Benedict Option. The BenOp is not, as Mr. Dreher’s critics claim, a retreatist manifesto. It doesn’t lay out terms for unconditional surrender. It’s a manual for Christian partisans who have been driven into the jungles. The culture war, traditionally understood, is indeed lost. The Benedict Option is like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War for a new phase of cultural guerrilla warfare.

The Empire is now too decayed to salvage. The Dark Age is coming, whether we like it or not. Will we be able to resist the barbarian hordes? That depends on whether we’re committed to doing the hard work of building intentional communities and resilient institutions: parishes, homeschool co-ops, independent businesses, farmers’ markets, and the like. Yes, we must keep up the fight. But we must also have our bastions of orthodoxy—little enclaves of Christendom—where we can rest safely at night, and where our wives and children will be safe from harm. Live Not By Lies makes that fact abundantly clear.

And yet…

Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself by asking for a long-term vision. But it seems clear to me that there can be no restoration of Christendom—no plan beyond mere survival—that doesn’t include the Catholic Church being restored as the central pillar of Western civilization. How could it be otherwise? Mr. Dreher himself writes in The Benedict Option that the decadent Renaissance humanism of southern Europe and pietistic Protestantism in the north delivered two fatal blows to the Middle Ages,  the only stable, integrally Christian society the West has ever known.

Now, as then, the problem with the Catholic Church isn’t fundamental: it’s institutional. But the Catholic Church is the only foundation upon which a stable, integrally Christian society may rest. For “What is Christian culture?” asked Dr. John Senior. “It is essentially the Mass.”

That is not my or anyone’s opinion or theory or wish but the central fact of two thousand years of history. Christendom, what secularists call Western Civilization, is the Mass and the paraphernalia which protect and facilitate it. All architecture, art, political and social forms, economics, the way people live and feel and think, music, literature—all these things when they are right are ways of fostering and protecting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

If our BenOp project doesn’t involve purifying and restoring the Catholic Church, it’s not worth fighting for. Anyway, what’s the alternative?

I understand the desire to link arms with our fellow Christians against our common foe. Still, when we talk of restoring a Christian society, we must ask: “What do you mean by ‘Christian’?” If Mr. Dreher is fighting to restore the Christian society championed by Catholics like Augustine of Hippo, Thomas More, Robert Bellarmine, and Christopher Columbus, then I’m with him. But if he’s content with Calvin’s Geneva or Luther’s Saxony, then I am not.

This isn’t mere sectarianism. If we’re to restore Christendom, the purification and restoration of the Catholic Church must stand at the very heart of that endeavor. The Catholic Church is the foundation upon which Western civilization was built. It must be rebuilt upon the same rock, not the shifting sands of “Judeo-Christianity” (whatever that means).

I pray fervently that Mr. Dreher will return to the Catholic Church—not only for his sake, but for ours. I’m afraid the Benedict Option project will remain incomplete until Mr. Dreher commits to restoring the Holy Catholic Church as the central pillar of Western Christianity. Our real exemplars aren’t Soviet dissidents—however faithful, however brave. We should be guided, rather, by men like Saint Benedict, who understood that the West could only be redeemed by repairing the Catholic Church.

We may survive in our BenOp communities, of course. But no confederation of “intentional communities” can restore Christendom to its glory. We aren’t strong enough to build a new, purer society on our own. We must have the grace of the Sacraments, the guidance of the Magisterium, and the strength of Tradition behind us. Otherwise, we’re building castles in the sand.

All of that notwithstanding, Live Not By Lies is indispensable for any Christian hoping not only to survive the fall of the Empire but to see a new Christendom emerge from its ruins. Those who are optimistic about the future of liberal-democratic capitalism will be thoroughly disillusioned—and they’ll thank Mr. Dreher for it.

Having realized that things are, in fact, much worse than they seem, they must then read The Benedict Option with fresh eyes. They must prepare for total war against modernity. Modern Man, in all his infantile fury, is surely gearing up for total war against us Christians. Those who don’t heed Mr. Dreher’s warnings and study his writings will not survive the coming Dark Age.

Live Not By Lies will cement Rod Dreher’s reputation as the most important Christian thinker of our age. And rightly so. If only the scales inhibiting his vision of Catholic Truth would fall from his eyes, the path ahead toward a restored Christian society would become more clear.

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Michael Warren Davis

By Michael Warren Davis

Michael Warren Davis is the editor of Crisis Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to The American Conservative and the author of The Reactionary Mind (Regnery, 2021).

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A MESSAGE FROM HER GUARDIAN ANGEL


Guardian Angel

September 25,2020

“And angels weep, and cry unto the people, “Oh what have you done,

For you have rejected the gift that God has sent unto you.”

And as angels lovingly and carefully gather each discarded child,

For they recognize each child as a gift given by the Father,

The children whisper, with tears in their eyes, “They did not want us.”

But as angels deliver the children into the safekeeping of their Heavenly Mother,

She whispers to each child, “But I do,”

And they are rocked to sleep in her arms, covered by her mantle.

And angels cry out to the world, “Oh what have you done,

For you have rejected the gift that God has sent unto you,

And the rope of justice has fallen upon the world.”  

And as the babies sleep in the arms of their Heavenly Mother,

Earth trembles with this sacrilege that is committed a hundred thousand times a day,

While angels weep and cry unto the world, “Oh what have you done,

For you have rejected the gift that God has sent unto you,

And have torn asunder in the mothers’ wombs what the Lord has knit together.”

Woe unto the people of the world.

And the angels weep.”

-S

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All signs point to a renewal of the disastrous Vatican-China secret deal. Both China and the Vatican indicate that the pact will be renewed in October. Despite unparalleled opposition to the agreement by religious freedom organizations and human rights NGOs, the handwriting is on the Vatican wall that Beijing and Rome will execute a continuation of the two-year deal regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops.

Crisis Magazine

A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Naïve, Corrupt—or Both?

ELIZABETH YORE

As the ancient Chinese proverb warns, a bad beginning makes for a bad ending. In June of 2013, Pope Francis dispatched to China the infamous Theodore McCarrick to begin deliberations with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to normalize relations with the Chinese Catholic Church. Those negotiations resulted in a secret pact signed by the parties on September 22, 2018. The result of this two-year agreement made for a bad ending for all religious believers in China.

Nevertheless, all signs point to a renewal of the disastrous Vatican-China secret deal. Both China and the Vatican indicate that the pact will be renewed in October. Despite unparalleled opposition to the agreement by religious freedom organizations and human rights NGOs, the handwriting is on the Vatican wall that Beijing and Rome will execute a continuation of the two-year deal regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops.

Yet a rare and historic development is emerging over this agreement. In the middle of a fierce reelection campaign, the Trump administration is taking a bold step to weigh in on the Sino-Vatican renewal. This past week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo penned a powerful and strategic condemnation in First Things. In “China’s Catholics and the Moral Witness of the Church,” Secretary Pompeo catalogs in gruesome detail the ongoing abuses and persecution of religious believers at the hands of the CCP during the agreement’s two-year cycle. Pompeo forcefully argued that “the Chinese people need the Vatican’s moral witness and authority in support of China’s religious believers.”

As America’s chief diplomat, Pompeo noted that the goal of the original agreement was to improve the condition of Catholics in China, yet the opposite occurred at the hands of the Vatican’s partner, the CCP. President Xi Jinping ramped up brutal persecution of Catholic laity, priests, and bishops. Noteworthy is the ongoing persecution of priests who refuse to join the CCP-run “Patriotic Catholic Association.” During the two years of the deal, the CCP has shuttered churches; destroyed religious icons; detained, imprisoned and tortured priests; and demanded absolute allegiance to President Xi by replacing all images of Our Lord with portraits of the Paramount Leader.https://secureaddisplay.com/i/view/js/?Viewable=0&isMobile=0&AULU=31049420180502T2200289306460AB42454C400A8A16937CB3EB93D7&cb=1600963201143&ccvid=1011599099&pvid=2022476242

“If the CCP manages to bring the Catholic Church and other religious communities to heel,” Secretary Pompeo observed in First Things, “regimes that disdain human rights will be emboldened.” The next day, he tweeted: “Two years ago, the Holy See reached an agreement with the CCP, hoping to help China’s Catholics. Yet the CCP’s abuse of the faithful has only gotten worse. The Vatican endangers its moral authority, should it renew the deal.” As a proponent of international religious freedom, Pompeo is acutely aware of the CCP’s ongoing parade of horrors of religious persecutions of all faiths and knows that CCP is not a reliable partner that will adhere to diplomatic or contractual terms. Clearly, the Trump administration is fed up.

Meanwhile, this summer, China brazenly reneged on its treaty with Britain, which guaranteed that Hong Kong would be secure under its own separate system of laws and freedoms. President Xi unilaterally voided that agreement and imposed draconian regulations on Hong Kong. Shockingly, last July, Pope Francis precipitously removed prepared language from a papal address that criticized Chinese tyranny. A transcript of the speech, which was released to the media beforehand, referred to the need for “societal freedom, and especially religious freedom” in Hong Kong, which ought to be “expressed in full and true liberty, as indeed various international documents provide for it.” Yet, when he delivered the speech, Francis omitted these references. Did he not want to anger his CCP partner?

The Trump administration is signaling that it is deeply troubled by the Vatican’s continued partnership with Beijing, to the detriment of freedom-loving Hong Kongers—many of whom are Catholics. Secretary Pompeo tweeted: “Catholics are among Hong Kong’s strongest voice for human rights, including Martin Lee and [Jimmy Lai]. Beijing has arrested, spied on, and harassed them for the ‘crime’ of promoting freedom. The Vatican should stand with fellow Catholics and the people of Hong Kong.”

Jimmy Lai, the billionaire publisher of the newspaper Apple Daily, is indeed a Catholic. Mr. Lai was arrested on August 12 by the Chinese authorities for violating the new draconian national security law, and his arrest garnered global condemnation. Yet the Vatican remained silent.

With the upcoming renewal of the Vatican-China agreement, Hong Kongers are feeling especially vulnerable by the Vatican’s silence. They may hope for an ally in the United States, at least so long as President Trump remains in office. Mr. Lai thanked Secretary Pompeo “for standing with us.” The powerful Catholic Lai also sternly criticized the Vatican in a tweet: “CCP broke the pact with the Vatican, demolished churches, and persecuted believers. Yet the Vatican still extend [sic] the pact with the regime for two more years. Is the decision made out of naivety, or is it corruption? Or both?” That’s a good question.

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Elizabeth Yore

By Elizabeth Yore

Elizabeth Yore is an international child rights attorney. She is a member of the Save the Persecuted Christians Coalition and the Committee Present Danger: China.

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Barack Obama was prescient when he feared what a Biden candidacy might do to his legacy or to Biden himself. But his warning should be only slightly reworded so that his warning would read something like the following: “Joe, You don’t have to do this to the country. Joe, you really don’t.”

A Woke Joe Biden Ends His Hibernation


Will the return of the Democratic nominee preserve his fourth-quarter eroding lead?


By: Victor Davis Hanson


 September 20, 2020


“You don’t have to do this, Joe.” — Barack Obama



The Democratic presidential nominee had embraced one of the most bizarre but—until recently—effective strategies thus far in a presidential campaign. Like some fictive vampire, Joe Biden has been ensconced in a basement tomb and, now pale, he is reemerging into the light and finding the glare all but lethal.



Under the cloak of the coronavirus and national quarantine, Biden essentially had shut down his campaign from late March to the present. Ostensibly, his handlers believed that any downside of appearing to play-rope-a-dope and to avoid unscripted events was more than outweighed by not putting a sometimes frail 77-year-old man with apparent cognitive challenges out on the campaign trail for 16-hour days.  



Or as his former boss, Barack Obama, reportedly warned Biden of the looming 2020 ordeal and his apparent fragility, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.” He really didn’t have to—except that Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders proved inept messengers of socialism.



The “Summer of Love”As the media-constructed summer news cycle from May through August wounded Trump—Trump, the Typhoid Mary, COVID-enabler Trump, the mask denialist and bleach drinker Trump, the Herbert Hoover economy-wrecker Trump, the reincarnation of the racist Lester Maddox Trump—Biden kept torpid in his home basement. And that mostly successful sequestration required lots of complicity from our elite. 
Mainstream polls, though still wounded from their 2016 washout, once showed Biden had a substantial lead. As Biden snoozed, the media was certainly doing more damage to Trump than an active Biden might ever have inflicted. 



In brilliantly diabolical fashion, the now virtual campaign was outsourced to subordinates but not in any traditional sense. 



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) would obstruct economic relief by holding bills hostage to blue-state demands for massive multibillion-dollar bailouts of their insolvency and past profligacy. Trump would then look callous by not expanding on the prior $4 trillion stimulus that allowed many wage earners to make as much on government assistance than they would have had they returned to work. In the Democrats’ logic, printing only $4 trillion in cash would now soon be seen as cold-hearted. 
Then there was the media’s role. It was tasked with the sniper’s work of aiming, shooting, and then scurrying off to the next ambush nest. That is, every few days a new media-driven “scandal” would surface to put Trump on the defensive and allow the congealed Biden to remain phlegmatic without much concern. And so it has been lately. We were told Trump didn’t blink an eye when his friend Vladimir Putin was putting bounty money on American soldiers in Afghanistan. When that myth was refuted, next Trump was stealthily yanking away public mailbox stands, no doubt to sabotage mail-in-voting. 



Then there was Trump the coup-master, who would never leave the White House after his inevitable November defeat—hence the tolerance of another round of actual coup talk from our retired humanistic generals and admirals.
Next in the queue was Trump as the vile slanderer of American war dead who was terrified to ride in a helicopter to cemeteries, given his dry hair was worth far more than the hassle of praising fallen “suckers” and “losers.” 



Bob Woodward, in his sequel to his last 2018 “bombshell” Trump take-down book, waited patiently in line for his new charge that Trump lied about COVID-19 and thus logically was culpable for mass death, even as his top military and intelligence officials knew that he was unfit and needed an “intervention” apparently to remove him. Bottom line: more coup porn as a bonus to Trump, the COVID partner in death. 



More of this will come every week until the election. The problem is not whether these media mythologies work to drive down Trump’s polls and eat up the finite days left in the campaign—so far they have had only a hit-and-miss effect.


  
But rather, will the sheer monotony and predictability of these “walls are closing in” disclosures simply go the way of the Mueller team’s leaked news bulletins of imminent Trump indictment and frog-marching out of the White House? 



Like cheap funny money, the currency of these concoctions eventually becomes so ubiquitous and inflated to the point of being worthless. Or perhaps a better metaphor is vaccination: the more the Biden team orchestrates these inert serial “scandals,” the more they provide antibodies and with them immunity to the next assault.



The big-money donors were given their tasks. On spec, George Soros promised his millions to route through various anti-Trump PACs. Mike Bloomberg said he would chip in $100 million to ensure Trump would lose—on his theory that his millions would not be burned up for nothing if he at least was not on the ballot. Billionaires promised more millions for the Lincoln Project. The old left-wing accusation of “dark money” no longer exists.



In the next seven weeks, many of the Fortune 500 wealthy families will have pledged their assistance to Biden who, as likely as Hillary did in 2016, will outraise Trump. We are reminded again that the new Democratic Party is the alliance of the nation’s richest, in league with those in most need of public assistance, with both sharing an innate disdain for the middle classes.  
Then there are the foot soldiers of the Biden campaign, which is the de facto military wing of the Democratic Party. These are the nasal-voiced Antifa veterans, who appear nightly in road-warrior garb to burn and destroy, along with their BLM partners who will riot and loot. Their collective message is that anarchy, chaos, and mayhem are the inevitable wages of a Trump presidency. A vote for the newly rebooted Biden socialist agenda—everything from the Green New Deal to reparations and open borders—supposedly will magically dissipate the carnage by mid-November.



The logic is that the rioters and arsonists now hold the country hostage, as if to say “you can snap out of your fetal position and rise up if you just vote for our puppet Biden.” And Biden himself is also their hostage on the premise that to get nominated he had to renounce his former self, and for the next month or more, if he expects them to help elect him, he will have to keep mum on the violence and wink that he too is now a democratic socialist. 



Finally, there is the Biden basement campaign itself. Up until this week, it largely was a stage crew. Flaks wrote scripted questions for preselected obsequious journalists. They set up strategically located stealthy teleprompters. They wrote out Biden’s talking points and canned quotations on Biden’s iPhone. And they sent out a cadre of young contextualizers to the networks to suggest instead that Biden, in virtuoso fashion, was batting away hard-hitting questions with ease. 



The Return of Fighting Ol’ Joe from Scranton?Biden then, not only has a war room, but also an intensive care unit whose task is to deny—and reinterpret—the prior day’s Bidenisms. 



And Biden’s rambling themes predictably are twofold: gaffes will usually entail some creepy reference to women as in last week’s  macabre riff about a veteran killing a young woman (inspiring stuff for an audience of U.S. military vets?), or the chance for former quartermasters to find jobs in the “second floor” lady’s department in chain stores, or they will be clumsy racial pandering of the sort from “you ain’t black” to shaking with Latino music on his iPhone. 



Otherwise, it is the usual stuff, such as 200 million Americans—over 60 percent of the U.S. population—already dead from COVID-19.
Again, Biden’s hibernation was predicated on the assumption that Trump, by September, would be imploding from a swarming virus, a recession devolving into depression, a national quarantine mimicking a Communist Chinese shutdown, and the George Floyd death sparking a 1960s-style nonstop mass protest movement. 



Trump so far has never run against Biden, given the latter has no agenda that we know of, no plan of competing action other than impromptu homilies and “here’s the deal” generalities. Instead, it has always been Trump versus a virus, a lockdown, a recession, and a riot.What then brought Biden out to risk blowing up his campaign with five minutes of talk? 



Polls seem to be closing. They likely reflect that the public is beginning to think COVID-19 is no longer the bubonic plague, that the recession will be more likely ending in recovery than in a 1929-style depression, that 50 million schoolchildren are in greater danger of ill health shut up at home than in school, and that the violence in our streets no longer has much to do with the death of George Floyd. 



Again, the problem is not that Biden is now necessarily behind in the polls, although a few suggest that he may be more or less tied. Rather, there is no backup strategy to stop the slow but steady Trump trajectory. Trump at age 74 seems more like he’s 64; while Biden’s 77 is more akin to 88. Trump can cover three times the ground. As presidents do, he can stage his own October surprise “breakthroughs,” as we saw last week in the Middle East, or at home with an unexpected Durham indictment or two.



Experts assured us nonstop that a repeat of 2016 was impossible. The pollsters had learned their lessons. So did the media that purportedly were no longer so haughty and publicly biased. No president could overcome a year of virus, quarantine, recession, and riots. Trump would be even more outspent than four years earlier. And yet here we are with the clouds of another 2016 perfect storm gathering.



So now, in the 11th hour, Biden is slowly becoming a candidate and not a mere projection on Zoom. The Joe of 1988 and 2008 has returned for a third attempt as the “first” in his family to have gone to college, the fracking scion of Scranton’s “coal” miners, the hard-scrabble guy who took the train to Washington, but this time around as the stealth vessel for a Bernie Sanders agenda.



Don’t expect that Biden suddenly will become comprehensible, much less offer a detailed counterplan to Trump. Instead assume that House and Senate Democrats will obstruct and make more wild accusations. The media will offer more scandals and slanted polls. A new tell-all book will line up for its 10 minutes of fame. An angry former administration employee or yet another “heroic” retired four-star general will emerge to tweet out his disgust. More mass signed letters of “concern” will appear from doctors, or retired military officials, or state department grandees. Still more billionaires will brag that they are giving Biden millions. 



Will the return of Joe preserve his fourth-quarter eroding lead? Only if his reentry assumes that Biden will keep mum for six weeks or suddenly and magically sound extemporaneously presidential or the media can selectively edit everything he says.



So Barack Obama was prescient when he feared what a Biden candidacy might do to his legacy or to Biden himself. But I would only slightly reword his warning to read something like the following: “Joe, You don’t have to do this to the country. Joe, you really don’t.”
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The Barnes Twitter report shows that Coney Barrett has “sid[ed] with the government on the lockdowns, on uncompensated takings, on excusing First Amendment infringements & Fourth Amendment violations… [and] exclaimed the benefits of Jacobson, the decision that green-lit forced vaccines & carved out an emergency exception to Constitutional protection in “public health” or “emergency” cases used to justify forced sterilizations & detention camps… [and] hid behind precedent… to prohibit pro-life activists from exercising their free speech.

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High-profile Lawyer Barnes: Amy Coney Barrett would be a Disaster

High-profile trial lawyer Robert Barnes who deals in civil, criminal and constitutional law reported on Twitter that Amy Coney Barrett would be a disaster.

The Barnes Twitter report shows that Coney Barrett has “sid[ed] with the government on the lockdowns, on uncompensated takings, on excusing First Amendment infringements & Fourth Amendment violations… [and] exclaimed the benefits of Jacobson, the decision that green-lit forced vaccines & carved out an emergency exception to Constitutional protection in “public health” or “emergency” cases used to justify forced sterilizations & detention camps… [and] hid behind precedent… to prohibit pro-life activists from exercising their free speech.”

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High-profile Lawyer Barnes: Amy Coney Barrett would be a Disaster

High-profile trial lawyer Robert Barnes who deals in civil, criminal and constitutional law reported on Twitter that Amy Coney Barrett would be a disaster.

The Barnes Twitter report shows that Coney Barrett has “sid[ed] with the government on the lockdowns, on uncompensated takings, on excusing First Amendment infringements & Fourth Amendment violations… [and] exclaimed the benefits of Jacobson, the decision that green-lit forced vaccines & carved out an emergency exception to Constitutional protection in “public health” or “emergency” cases used to justify forced sterilizations & detention camps… [and] hid behind

The Avvo.com lawyer directory reports that attorney “Robert Barnes embraces the challenge to defend the little guy and stand up for what is right. This is why he left the prestigious Yale Law School, whom publicly stated their unwillingness to accept students from lower income families. After receiving a fellowship to the law school at the University of Wisconsin where he graduated with honors and myriad awards for academic excellence… Mr. Barnes has earned a reputation as a premiere lawyer.” [https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/90017-ca-robert-barnes-1518666.html]

Barnes on Twitter revealed: 

– THREAD: #Barrett sided with the government on almost every civil rights case, every big employer case, every criminal case, while also siding with the government on the lockdowns, on uncompensated takings, on excusing First Amendment infringements & Fourth Amendment violations.

–  #Barrett exclaimed the benefits of Jacobson, the decision that green-lit forced vaccines & carved out an emergency exception to Constitutional protection in “public health” or “emergency” cases used to justify forced sterilizations & detention camps. Read: https://politico.com/f/?id=00000174 

–  #Barrett excused or immunized questionable police conduct in almost every seizure case or use of force case she came across, many with fact patterns that will make her easily demolished in the court of public opinion in the age of George Floyd. An example: http://41af3k34gprx4f6bg12df75i.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/upl

–  Another example: a highly dubious stop that the media can easily make into #Barrett justifying stopping drivers for “driving while black” that she prevented from reaching a jury trial despite the cops sudden memory loss in the case. https://casetext.com/case/torry-v-c

–  #Barrett hid behind precedent that fellow federal circuits said did not apply any longer to allow Chicago to prohibit pro-life activists from exercising their free speech, and did so w/o a concurring opinion as she did whenever she doubted precedent.

– #Barrett justified regulatory takings without compensation and government discrimination by siding with the government’s version once again (like she has in a near record setting 95%+ of cases). [https://twitter.com/barnes_law/status/1308233568099860481?s=21]

It appears that Amy Coney Barrett may be a neo-liberal Trojan Horse like Justice Neil Gorsuch. It seems she would possibly be semi-pro-abortion. 

Voice of America revealed that “Barrett said she would “[f]ollow all [pro-abortion] ‘Supreme Court precedent without fail’ and would regard decisions such as Roe v. Wade as binding precedent“:

“Republicans view her as reliably conservative and a future Supreme Court vote to overturn the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion rights in the U.S., but Barrett has offered conflicting comments on how she might vote on abortion cases.” 

 “During her confirmation hearing to the appeals court, Barrett said she would ‘follow all Supreme Court precedent without fail’ and would regard decisions such as Roe v. Wade as binding precedent.

“I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law,” she said.

“But she also has written that judges should not be held to upholding Supreme Court precedents, such as the abortion decision.” [https://www.voanews.com/usa/three-conservative-female-judges-top-trumps-supreme-court-list

It appears that Amy Coney Barrett may possibly be a so-called “conservative” Trojan Horse like neo-liberal Gorsuch who betrays conservatives and Christians.

An internationally known attorney, with knowledge of “the DC elite,” told the Catholic Monitor by email that the Ruth Bader Ginsburg/Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court ruling for transgenderism and homosexuality, Bostock v. Clayton County, will lead to the legalization  of “child pedophil[a]”: 

“Child pedophiles will be the next protected SCOTUS class. Trump made a big mistake relying on the DC elite at the “conservative” Federalist Society to screen his SCOTUS candidates” 

President Donald Trump and the Republican Party need to take notice that he and his party will own this disastrous ruling and its consequences including, “Child pedophiles [being]…  the next protected SCOTUS class”:    

“According to Politico, ‘the Republican Party seemed generally supportive of both the substance and process by which the Supreme Court extended Civil Rights Act protections to gay, lesbian and transgender workers. President Donald Trump declined to trash the decision, calling it ‘powerful.'” [https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/scotus-writing-transgenderism-into-law-the-roe-v-wade-of-religious-liberty

If President Trump waffles on this next Supreme Court nominee selection it could destroy him with his conservative Christian base. 

The anonymous source said we must vehemently protest:

“We must cry bloody murder to Trump” and let him know he will lose our support and re-election unless he goes against this disastrous ruling and clearly states he will never put in another judge such as neo-liberal Justice Neil Gorsuch into the Supreme Court.   

Call and email Trump as well as your elected Republican representatives that this issue will lose them their conservative base unless they clearly state they will never put in another judge such as neo-liberal Justice Gorsuch into the Supreme Court. 

Please share the White House contact information below:

 https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 
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Fr. VF said…Barrett is also not an orthodox Catholic. She is a Mottramist. She believes that Bergoglio has the authority to change the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty. Since this means that Bergoglio has the authority to teach heresy, this position is itself heretical.10:09 AM

Debbie said…Trump certainly must know that pulling our support from him means a Harris administration. Certainly we can voice our concerns…..but at the end of the day can we chance a Harris administration?

God help us.1:12 PM

Fred Martinez said…Debbie,

We are not talking about chancing a Harris/Biden administration. We are talking about informing President Trump about who Barrett really is and putting pressure on him to put a real pro-lifer in the Supreme Court. Remember that there is no guarantee that Trump will win so this may be our last chance for the unborn babies and even the United States. If the nightmare happens that Harris/Biden wins without a solid 5-4 conservative Supreme Court and if Barrett is a neo-liberal Trojan Horse, than what would you say then? 1:47 PM

Debbie said…Hi Fred, yes, I understand what you’re saying. As I stated we need to make him aware…I’m simply saying we’re between a rock and a hard place and he would know that.3:09 PM

Debbie said…Put another way, if he appoints Barrett….how are you going to vote?3:15 PM

Fred Martinez said…Hi Debbie, Even if he puts in Barrett, we have to vote for him over Harris/Biden, but we have to give him hell now to put in a real pro-lifer. Please, can you and everyone keep President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court opening in your prayers, Masses and rosaries. 3:29 PM

Darby O’Gill said…So many lukewarm ‘Christians’ and so little time left save the ship. Of course, she is a notch or two above RBG.
3:51 PM

Darby O’Gill said…My choice ??? Ron DeSantis, Gov of Fla.3:59 PM

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